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BOB HERBERT IS NAMED AN OP-ED COLUMNIST FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES

 NEW YORK, April 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Herbert, a journalist with wide experience as a reporter and columnist in New York City, will join The New York Times as a columnist on its Op-Ed Page beginning in June. The announcement was made today by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The Times.
 Mr. Herbert's column will appear twice weekly and will explore the full range of issues including politics, urban affairs and social trends.
 "Bob Herbert brings an exciting new voice to an already distinguished community of columnists at The Times," Mr. Sulzberger said. "Bob has worked in this area throughout his career; he knows New York from the street corner to Gracie Mansion. As urban issues continue to take center stage in our society, his experience and insights will help enrich The Times's report."
 Mr. Herbert, 48 years old, has worked as reporter and columnist for the Daily News and as an on-air correspondent for NBC Network News. Since January 1991 he has been a national correspondent for NBC and has reported regularly for the Today Show and the NBC Nightly News.
 Mr. Herbert joined the Daily News in 1976. He worked in positions including general assignment reporter, rewrite editor, national correspondent, consumer affairs editor, city hall bureau chief and city editor. In 1985 he became a columnist and a member of the Editorial Board. His column continued to appear in the Daily News until February 1993.
 Mr. Herbert began his career as a reporter with The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., in 1970. He became night city editor of the Star-Ledger in 1973.
 A founding panelist of Sunday Edition, a weekly discussion program on WCBS-TV, Mr. Herbert was also the host of Hotline, a weekly hourlong issues program on WNYC-TV, both beginning in 1990.
 "The top requirements for a columnist are to be a skilled reporter and an eloquent writer," said Howell Raines, editorial page editor of The Times, whose responsibilities also include the Op-Ed Page. "Bob has demonstrated strengths in both these areas, and we are delighted he is joining The Times."
 Mr. Herbert has won numerous awards, including the Meyer Berger Award for coverage of New York City and the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for distinguished newspaper writing. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York (Empire State College) in Manhattan.
 He has taught journalism at Brooklyn College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Earlier this year he was the chairman of the Pulitzer Prize jury for spot news reporting.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Nielsen, 212-556-7078 or William Adler, 212-556-7077, both of The New York Times/
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